ISMSM-NIST Post-doctoral Fellowship

The Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology at Georgetown University (GU), in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), invite applications for an independent Research Fellow to work closely with scientists at Georgetown and NIST on soft matter, broadly defined.

1.       Fellowship Details

  • This position is suitable for excellent scientists with a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, biophysics, applied mathematics, or related disciplines, and a strong record of accomplishments in experiment, synthesis, metrology, theory, or simulation.
  • In our soft matter community, scientific excellence goes together with the quality of the human experience. We seek a diverse pool of applicants sharing our excitement of scientific discoveries, enthusiasm to learn from each other and desire to grow by exchanging perspectives.
  • The Fellowship is for two years, with an option for a third year depending on mutual interest. Each Fellow will have competitive salary and access to $5,000/year travel expenses, and up to $10,000/year research expenses; as well as access to a wide range of synthesis and characterization equipment at Georgetown and NIST.
  • Fellows are expected to work in areas that overlap strongly with 2 or more groups at Georgetown, as well as with NIST scientists.
  •  Current research areas (experiment, theory, synthesis, metrology, simulations) include (but are not limited to):
Theory of polymer glassesGels and networksRheology and structure of spherical and rodlike  suspensionsAdditive manufacturing and 3D printing of soft matterPhase separation in biology
Active matterRheology and structure of cementAmorphous solidsBiopolymer networksSelf-assembly at interfaces
Lipid bilayer membrane theory and simulationMotion of giardia and microorganismsShear banding in fluids and amorphous solidsDesign of polymer nanoparticlesPolymer-based fibrils for medical applications
Self-assembly mediated by intrinsically-disordered proteinsDynamics of entangled polymersSynthesis of multifunctional polymer networksSimulation of complex aromatic molecular assembliesNovel metrologies for imaging and mechanics of soft matter.
  •  The ISMSM has extensive laboratory facilities, and access to cloud computing networks. NIST can be easily reached by public transport or driving from GU.

2.      Application Process

An application consists of the following:

  1. CV
  2. Full publication list.
  3. Research proposal, including scientific area(s) of focus, anticipated budget, and clear statement of potential collaboration(s) with GU and NIST scientists. No longer than 5 pages, typeset at 11 point with 1 inch margins.
  4. 3 reference letters sent, and at least one letter of support from GU scientist(s) with whom you propose to collaborate.
  • We strongly encourage you to discuss your ideas directly with ISMSM scientists before preparing your Research Proposal.
  • For further questions and information to prepare your application please contact any ISMSM scientists, or

Applications can be submitted through Academic Jobs Online:

3.      Deadline and dates

  • Deadline for applications: 19 November 2021 (reviews will start on November 1st).
    • Later applications will be held in reserved.
  • Earliest starting date: 1 January 2022

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse team of employees. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.